Introduction to the Subject


We aim to create global citizens equipped to assess received opinion and make independent judgements, who are aware of the past, present and future of the world around them.  Through questioning, investigation and critical thinking, Bolingbroke geographers are exploring their place in the world, as well as their own values and their responsibilities.


They are investigating issues affecting the world and people’s lives, in the past, now and in the future. They are given the tools to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world, at all different scales.

Pupils learn where places are, and about their different landscapes and climates.  They learn how places and landscapes are formed, and how people and their environment interact in both positive and negative ways. They are learning how a diverse range of economies, societies and environments are interconnected


The vision for the Humanities department:  Humanities Vision

Year 7: Aims                    

All Year 7 pupils are taught to confidently use and interpret maps at a variety of scales, from world and continent maps in atlases, to large scale Ordnance Survey maps. They develop their descriptive and analytical skills, through a variety of interesting and relevant topics.

Year 7: Content                     
  • Mapskills
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe and the EU
  • Development
  • Rivers
  • Flooding
Year 7: Assessment                   

Pupils are assessed throughout the year in order to closely monitor their progress. At the end of each term they complete a formal, levelled assessment, and at the end of each half term they are given a teacher-assessed level based on classwork.

Year 7: Teaching                   

2 hours per week

Year 8: Aims               

Year 8 pupils build on the attainment of Year 7, developing a wider knowledge of people and places, and their interconnectedness. They practice their analytical and explanation skills, as well as widening their knowledge of a variety of key geographical topics.

Year 8: Content                     
  • Local area study
  • Polar regions
  • Population
  • Migration
  • Plate tectonics and natural hazards
  • Coasts and coastal issues
Year 8: Assessment               

Pupils are assessed in a similar way to year 7, with formal assessments at the end of each term, and a teacher level at the end of each half term. We ensure that a variety of assessment styles are used, such as presentations based on individual and group research, extended writing, and structured GCSE style question papers.

Year 8: Teaching               

2 hours per week

Year 8: Further information               

All year 8 pupils entered the RGS Young Geographer of the Year competition 2013, supported by their Local Area Study unit.   


Pupils are given as many opportunities as possible to learn outside the classroom, with local area fieldwork a key element of a variety of topics during Years 7 and 8.

We are currently investigating the possibility of field trips outside of London to support the pupils in their physical geography topics.

Year 9: Introduction to the Subject                

In year 9 Geography, we build the foundations for GCSE study. Although the pupils still cover the KS3 curriculum, there is a focus on deep learning, independence of thought, and developing the key skills needed to successfully commence GCSE study.

Year 9: Aims                 

Year 9 pupils build on the attainment of Years 7 and 8, in particular focusing on explanation and evaluation of key information. There is a strong emphasis on group work, presentations skills, and being able to effectively justify their own opinions on key topics.

Year 9: Content                  
  • UK and Global tourism
  • Urbanisation, food production and rural-urban interdependency
  • Climate change
  • Coasts and coastal processes
  • Africa
  • Conflict resolution – Sierra Leone and conflict diamonds
Year 9: Assessment                  

Year 9 will be assessed in a variety of ways – through written classwork, essays, individual and group presentations, and formal GCSE style written examinations.

Year 9: Teaching                 

In Year 9, pupils continue to have two lessons each week, taught by a Geography specialist.